At His Best [Gusto]

At His Best [Gusto]

by Buck Owens Buck Owens


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It would be quite a stretch to say that the eight Buck Owens sides collected here (the last two tracks of this ten-track set are actually instrumental pieces by fellow Hee Haw star Jackie Phelps) are truly Owens at his best. When Owens recorded these for Pep Records in the mid-'50s he was still working in a traditional honky tonk style and had yet to modify things into his trademark jangling, rock-influenced Bakersfield sound. The early singles "Sweethearts in Heaven" and "Down on the Corner of Love" are fine outings as far as they go, but neither was successful in its time and in retrospect they feel somewhat derivative. It's nice to hear this stuff, but it's certainly not Buck Owens the way most people know him. Tossing in the two Phelps tracks just increases the fly-by-night feel of this compilation.

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Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Gusto
UPC: 0792014204221
catalogNumber: 2042
Rank: 82459


  1. Sweetharts in Heaven
  2. House Down the Block
  3. Down on the Corner of Love
  4. There Goes My Love
  5. Hot Dog
  6. Rhythm & Booze
  7. Right After the Dance
  8. It Don't Show on Me
  9. Guitar Rag
  10. Function at the Junction

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